Responding to the investigation by the Information Commissioner about the sale of patient data by Pharmacy2U, President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Ash Soni said:
"Patients should be assured that pharmacists abide by the same strict laws of data protection and patient confidentiality as all health professionals. This isolated incidence of wrongdoing has rightly been investigated by the Information Commissioners Office. The RPS fully supports the action the ICO has taken against Pharmacy2U.
"This case does not reflect the wider profession who, in our view, take the protection of patient data extremely seriously. We are pleased the GPhC are also investigating this case, recognising the rightful concerns of patients and the public. The RPS will be reviewing the membership of any members who have been found guilty of wrong doing or are subject of a complaint through our membership committee."